Summer Camps & Workshops for 1st-3rd grades

Register now for 2020 Summer Camps & Workshops! Keep your kids learning and having fun all summer long with engaging hands-on science and social studies experiences, presented by Longway Planetarium and Sloan Museum educators. Grades listed are the grades children are entering in the Fall. Registration deadline is one week prior to the activity; however, camps and workshops frequently sell out. Register early to secure your spot. No refunds will be issued for any reason.

Scroll to view summer camps and workshops for 1st-3rd grades, or choose another age level:
4-5 year-olds
4th-8th grades

The 2020 Summer Camps & Workshops brochure is available in multiple formats for your convenience. Sign up online by using the interactive brochure, or view the PDF and call 810-237-3409 to register.

Members receive $1 off workshops and $5 off camps. Members, please call 810-237-3409 to receive your discount.

What’s the Matter?

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, June 22
Time: 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
We encounter the three states of matter in everyday life. Explore the scientific properties of solids, liquids, and gases through hands-on activities.

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Alpha Omega Girls Camp: Make It Move

3rd-6th grades

Date: Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Longway Planetarium partners with some of Genesee County’s best teachers! Guest teachers from the Alpha Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society will be on hand as girls explore motion with fun engineering challenges. Use a variety of art and craft materials to build a balloon buggy, build and fly a beautiful kite, and design and build cardboard automata.

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Science Is A Work of Art

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, June 29
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
If you enjoy both science and art, you will love this experience! Let’s combine our scientific and artistic skills to create magnificent, meaningful pieces of art.

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Anishinabek: Past, Present, Future

1st-3rd grades

Date: Wednesday, July 1
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Step back in time and learn about the Native Americans that traveled to the Great Lakes region. Discover what tribes settled in this area and what daily life was like. Explore how life has changed over the years and create a piece of art that is still created by Anishinabek today.

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STEM Discovery Camp

1st-3rd grades

Choose from two dates. The same activities will be presented each week:
Date:Monday, July 6-Friday, July 10
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
OR
Date:Monday, July 20-Friday, July 24
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $95
Kids will explore these exciting science, technology, engineering, and math topics:
Dinosaur Discovery: Learn how fossils were formed while making your own fossil model. Use clues from “fossil finds” to piece together a Box-A-Saurus, while thinking about how dinosaurs lived in their environments.
Weather: Weather can be wild! Explore severe weather while learning how weather works.
Bugs: Go on a bug hunt in the planetarium garden and explore the lives of insects, spiders, and other crawlers. Compare and contrast life cycles and investigate camouflage and mimicry.
Tinker Lab: Use a variety of materials in new and creative ways. Play with light and shadows, create noise makers, and craft a bracelet using old plastic containers.

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Pollution Solution

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, July 13
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $9
Be a part of the pollution solution while trying out easy ideas for reusing and repurposing everyday objects. Design and build a filter system to try to clean up dirty water and sort some common household items to get them ready for recycling.

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Geology Rocks!

1st-3rd grades

Date: Tuesday, July 14
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Be a rock hound! Start your new rock collection while cleaning, sorting, and classifying your finds. See how rocks and landforms change over time while learning about weathering and erosion.

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Mission Control

1st-3rd grades

Date: Thursday, July 16
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Are you ready to explore air and space? Learn about life on the International Space Station and how astronauts have begun to grow plants in space. Investigate the solar system, moon, Earth’s atmosphere, and more in your out-of-this-world adventure. Planetarium show included.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of the Human Body

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, July 27
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Take a closer look at what makes humans tick! Examine human anatomy and physiology, and discover the importance of refueling with proper nutrition.

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Geo Art

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, July 29
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
Explore what happens when art and math collide. Create string art, explore angles, and create 3D shapes, all while learning about geometric designs.

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Wonders of the World Camp

1st-3rd grades

Date: Monday, August 3-Wednesday, August 5
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $65
Take a journey around the world. The Wonders of the World, both natural and machine-made, will be your inspiration for activities you create as you discover what makes earth an amazing planet.

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Plant Life

1st-3rd grades

Date: Thursday, August 6
Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Longway Planetarium
Fee: $12
How does your garden grow? Design your own beautiful pot to plant in. Explore life in the garden with a plant-themed scavenger hunt. Investigate the effects of geotropism, as your plants grow upward against gravity.

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